The legend of Mark Hunt grew last night when the 38-year old kickboxer took out top contender Stefan Struve with strikes in the third round of their tilt at UFC on Fuel 8. The win was fourth in a row for Hunt, a feat made more remarkable by the fact he scored a spot on the UFC roster when he decided to honor a contract he’d signed for PRIDE rather than be paid without performing.
With another victory, the 9-7 Hunt positioned himself for a run at the title in 2013 and should receive a shot if he can find success on 1-2 more occasions. As such, the New Zealander wants another ranked foe for his next fight in hopes of proving he truly belongs in the mix.
“It was a great fight. My timing was off and I could have put things together better, but I was glad to take the win,” said Hunt to Fuel TV of his win over Struve shortly after the scrap’s conclusion.
“I would like to go for the title-fight,” he continued when asked what his immediate plans were. “I’ll take ‘Bigfoot’ or anyone in the Top 10.”
Antonio Silva, i.e. “Bigfoot”, is currently booked against champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 160 and isn’t a likely candidate. Unfortunately for Hunt, most of the UFC’s other notable heavyweights are also scheduled for action in the coming months. However, with a ton of momentum and the power to knock out any opponent he faces, 2013 may still turn out to be the year of the “Super Samoan” regardless of who he receives for his next rumble.
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